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Old January 28th, 2006, 02:52 AM   #1261
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KCRC seeks government nod before releasing safety probe
25 January 2006
South China Morning Post

It will take another few weeks for the public to learn the reasons behind East Rail's recent equipment failures because findings of the KCRC's investigation will not be released before they are endorsed by the government.

The disclosure yesterday by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation chairman, Michael Tien Puk-sun, came as sources revealed that the KCR safety glitches were threatening the government plan to partially merge Hong Kong's two rail operators.

Mr Tien said KCRC board members had decided at a special meeting on Monday that the government's opinion should be sought before findings on the cause of fractures in the mountings of major train components were disclosed.

"Our board members believe it is not appropriate for our report to be made public while the government is still studying it," he said.

"If [government experts] have a different opinion from ours, our board will decide how to handle their opinions before releasing the findings responsibly."

Mr Tien was confident the report would be finished by the end of this month as scheduled, and he believed the government would not take long to come up with its view.

Transport minister Sarah Liao Sau-tung said last night the government had hired four engineers from Lloyd's Register Rail in the UK to investigate the failures.

Dr Liao expected it would take about three weeks for them to study the KCRC report before it was released to the public.

She said it would be undesirable if the KCRC released a report containing findings that might be disputed by the government experts afterwards.

She said the experts would also examine the effectiveness of the temporary measures adopted by the KCRC, identify the causes of the equipment failures and formulate long-term recommendations. Legislative Council transport panel chairman Lau Kong-wah said he did not believe foreign experts were superior to local ones and delaying the release of the report was "an act of self-protection".

"Public safety is involved, so the public should be informed once there's a conclusion on what should be done to mend the problems."

Meanwhile, sources said the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau had demanded the KCRC restore its safety performance levels and overhaul disclosure standards before proceeding with the merger with the MTR Corp.

"The safety issue has certainly complicated the merger talks and has drastically changed the merger situation," one source said. "It creates more problems for the talks, which have been very difficult because of valuation of KCRC assets."

A bureau spokeswoman said negotiations between the government and MTR Corp on merger terms were under way and declined to specify a time frame for conclusion.
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Old January 29th, 2006, 03:29 PM   #1262
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New Concource in Sheung Shui KCR East Rail Station

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Old January 31st, 2006, 02:36 AM   #1263
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Signal failure hits Airport Express train

Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Nearly 100 holiday travelers were forced to take shuttle buses to the airport after MTR Corp's Airport Express was hit by a signaling failure.

This comes as the government is set to investigate as early as this month the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp's equipment and reporting failures sparked by the discovery of cracks in the undercarriages of many of its trains.

The MTR's failure in the signaling system - which relays messages from the railway's traffic control computers to the train - occurred Monday morning near Hong Kong Station during a quiet traveling patch in the bustling Lunar New Year, when more than 6.5 million people are expected to arrive or depart from the SAR.

Investment banker Emily Sim, on her way to visit her family in Kuala Lumpur, was one of the passengers hit by the disruption, which nearly caused her to miss her flight.

"It was very confusing - nobody knew what was happening," Sim said, describing the early morning scene at Hong Kong Station when the 8am train failed to appear.

Like the other estimated 90 passengers at the station then, she soon was shunted on to one of a slew of shuttle buses. "It took much longer than the train," she complained. "When we got to the airport, I needed to run to the gate, and got there just before it closed. I should have taken a taxi."

Describing the glitch as "a small problem," an MTR spokeswoman said once the problem was discovered just before 8am, airport services at the station were immediately moved upstairs to the Tung Chung platform, but that people waiting at the regular platform were not told this because they would not have been able to move in time to catch the train anyway.

She added that at no time was anybody in any danger and that by 9am, the Airport Express was running from its normal platform.
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Old January 31st, 2006, 03:29 AM   #1264
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油麻地站隧道冒煙起火
封往調景嶺方向月台 服務幸無影響

31- 01- 2006







 地鐵和機鐵車站昨天接連發生事故,其中油麻地地鐵站附近的列車隧道,昨天清晨有電纜突然起火,不斷冒出濃煙,地鐵公司事後要封閉其中一個往調景嶺方向的月台,幸消防員接報到場後迅速把火撲熄,期間未造成傷亡,亦沒有令地鐵服務受影響。記者陳永武報道

 事件發生在昨天清晨5時54分,當時由油麻地站開往調景嶺方向的列車仍未開始服務,而據了解,地鐵公司在每天收車後,職員就會把隧道內的一切電源關掉,直至翌日開車前才會重新通電。但昨晨當油麻地站職員把觀塘線三號月台的隧道電源打開後不久,卻發現跳掣,未幾即有濃煙從隧道湧出,懷疑發生火警。站長見狀,即報警求助。
三號月台隧道電源跳掣

 三分鐘後,大批消防員趕到,立即把火升為二級。據九龍消防南區指揮官張趣強稱,當局共派出11輛消防車和60名消防員到場灌救,同時派出兩隊煙帽隊帶同熱能探測器進入隧道尋找火源,同時出動一條消防喉及一條化學泡沫喉戒備。

 後來消防員在距離月台大約400米的側線隧道內,發現三條離地約兩呎的直流牽引電纜中,有一條的其中25米正不斷冒煙,惟沒有火光,於是用四個乾粉減火筒將把煙撲滅。事件中未有任何人受傷或不適。

 事後消防員經過初步了解,起火的直流牽引電纜主要是供應列車電力,每條的直徑大約一公分,有1500伏電壓,但電纜為何起火冒煙,則有待地鐵公司進行調查。而據地鐵發言人稱,由於出事隧道屬於側線,也即是隧道的盡頭,只用於列車調動,所以未對列車運作造成影響,職員稍後已安排所有列車在三號月台對面的四號月台上下客。直至中午12時許,被封閉六個多小時的三號月台亦告重開。

機鐵香港站有信號故障

 另外,機鐵香港站昨晨8時出現信號故障,事後工作人員要安排機場快線列車改停地鐵東涌線的香港站四號月台,直至一小時後信號故障修復,機鐵列車服務才回復正常,期間影響輕微。

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Old January 31st, 2006, 05:05 AM   #1265
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Glad no one was hurt.
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Old February 1st, 2006, 04:26 PM   #1266
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Advisory Council on the Environment visits the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 04:52 PM   #1267
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Hong Kong MTR Times

Does anyone have a link or picture to show how long it takes to get from one station to another? Also, the times that the train leaves from each station.

Thank you
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 05:51 PM   #1268
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I don't believe that there are written timetables for the MTR, On their website you can get the travel times from station to station
http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/jplan...nner_index.php

And the frequency is very high, there are no real fixed times when the trains are leaving only interval times between trains.
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Old February 6th, 2006, 01:27 PM   #1269
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Old February 7th, 2006, 05:34 AM   #1270
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Northern Link and HK section of ERL to proceed with further planning
Monday, February 6, 2006
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The Executive Council has given green light to further planning of the Northern Link (NOL) and the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (ERL).

A government spokesman today (February 6) said that, upon the instruction of the Executive Council, the Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) would be asked to proceed with further planning of the proposed NOL and Hong Kong section of the ERL as a combined project.

At present, cross-boundary travellers in the western part of the New Territories rely mainly on the use of road-based transport for commuting to and from the boundary. Also, there is a lack of rail link between the eastern and western parts of the New Territories.

“The NOL will provide a fast and convenient rail service to the boundary for residents in the western part of the New Territories. They can, in future, use the new NOL for travelling between the existing West Rail (WR) Kam Sheung Road Station and the Lok Ma Chau Station at the boundary. They can also use the new NOL station at Chau Tau of Yuen Long to change over to the Spur Line for travelling to and from stations along the East Rail. The NOL will tremendously reduce the journey time between the eastern and western parts of the New Territories,” the spokesman said.

On cross boundary trains, the travelling time between Hong Kong and Guangzhou by the Kowloon-Guangdong Through Train at present is about 100 minutes. The proposed ERL will reduce the travelling time to an hour, which will be conducive to the integration and development of Hong Kong and Guangdong Province.

The 30km long Hong Kong section of the ERL will have its terminus at West Kowloon. It will share tracks with the Kowloon Southern Link now under construction, the section of the existing WR between Nam Cheong Station and Kam Sheung Road, and then the NOL before branching out from Chau Tau to a dedicated track, on viaduct and in tunnel, for connection with the Mainland section of the ERL at the boundary at Huanggang.

The Mainland section of the ERL will be connected to the new, high-speed national rail networks now being developed by phases on the Mainland, including the Beijing-Guangzhou Passenger Line and Hangzhou-Fuzhou-Shenzhen Passenger Line. It will also be connected to the Rapid Transit System being developed in the Pearl River Delta (PRD).

“The ERL will significantly improve connections between Hong Kong and the other major PRD cities, and also thereby help to reinforce Hong Kong’s status as the gateway to the PRD and Pan-PRD areas. It will make use of the spare capacity of the WR corridor, enhancing efficiency in resource allocation and effectiveness in rail capacity utilisation,” the spokesman added.

The Government will begin negotiation with the KCRC on the scope, costs and implementation programme of the combined project.

Both the NOL and Hong Kong section of the ERL are among the possible projects short-listed for implementation in the Railway Development Strategy 2000.
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Old February 7th, 2006, 06:38 AM   #1271
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hkskyline, you've better post the HK's Intercity Railway news here!
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Old February 8th, 2006, 09:10 AM   #1272
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Video I sneakily took on the MTR (56k warning): http://video.google.com/*********?do...99678564540781

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Lol, is that male voice those plasma ads??
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Old February 9th, 2006, 03:27 AM   #1274
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Why is it sneaky? I've taken countless videos in the MTR...
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I heard its legal to take/shoot photos/videos on the MTR, but only without interferring with the operation of the subway.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 06:12 AM   #1276
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It is legal compared to those in Manila.
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I heard its legal to take/shoot photos/videos on the MTR, but only without interferring with the operation of the subway.
It is legal but you can't use flash, as it interfere the train operator.
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It is legal but you can't use flash, as it interfere the train operator.
Isnt that what I said...?
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It is legal but you can't use flash, as it interfere the train operator.
Isnt that what I said??
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It is legal but you can't use flash, as it interfere the train operator.
I'm a bit confused, doesn't the train operator see you taking pictures of the inside.
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